DERRYN Hinch has defended his choice to use parliamentary privilege to name and shame a paedophile cop who abused nine children over sixteen years.
The shock jock turned crossbench senator rose in Parliament last night to name the Victorian policeman, who was jailed last year with a 19-year sentence.
Using the legal protection of parliament, Senator Hinch was able to outline the man's horrific crimes despite a County Court ruling that had suppressed his name.
The suppression order was to protect the identity of his victims.
Senator Hinch defended the decision on radio this morning, saying the victims had wanted the now 67-year-old named.
"This police officer for 12 years raped a five-year-old stepdaughter at gun point," he told ABC radio.
"He took her out of school almost every day in the police car ... in his police uniform.
"He took a young boy, he said 'Do you want to see a police station? Took him in there in his uniform and raped him in a room in the police station."
The man had worked as a police officer in Victoria from 1967 to 1979.
It was revealed during the case last year that Victoria Police had failed to act on complaints about the man but had instead forced him to resign.
Senator Hinch said one of the man's victims, the stepdaughter who was now aged 45, had requested his help.
After the man was convicted and jailed, she still wanted him named and shamed.
Her search for justice had been denied for years.
"When she was 15 her grandfather took her to the police station and was told 'Don't worry about it," Senator Hinch said.
"When she was nine, she started to bleed, her grandmother took her to the doctor, she was having a miscarriage.
"That woman approached me, she said 'Will you name him?' He's still there' and so I named him."
All of the man's victims had given their permission for him to name the man.
Two even came to Canberra to watch the speech.
"They felt like a weight had been lifted off them - it's one of the proudest things that I've done since I got elected," Senator Hinch said.
The senator said he would never name victims but would continue to use parliamentary privilege to name paedophiles, if it was necessary.
"If they want me to and it's going to make them feel better and get on with their adult lives, Yes I'll do it," he said.
The woman who approached Senator Hinch told Fairfax Media she wanted her story told but the court has prevented that from happening.
"I had fought for so long for justice and I felt protecting his name in court was protecting him and his reputation from what he had done ... it wasn't protecting us," she told the publication.
"Standing up in court, looking him in the eye, and reading my victim impact statement was the most rewarding and empowering thing I have ever done in my life."
"I told him - 'You can't hurt anyone anymore, you won't be able to touch another kid for as long as you live'."
She said having his name revealed was "closure".
Senator Hinch has also worked with the government on laws to prevent child sex offenders travelling overseas to abuse children.
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